Chapter 1

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Ember Morrissey sat on her bed staring down at an old photograph in a picture frame.

Today is her high school graduation and, like so many other things in the past two years, it was something her childhood friend wouldn't be there to cheer her on at.

She missed him, missed him so much!

She missed his hugs.

The way he made her laugh when she was sad.

The way she could tell him anything and he never judged her.

She gave a huffing laugh, she just missed him, period!

Laying the picture aside and staring out her window she took a deep breath. No use to cry over it though, what was done was done.

She still saw him around sometime, at school and in town. He never spoke to her though and would quickly head in the other direction when he saw her.

Picking the picture back up, she circled his face in the picture. Ryker Hollington.

Just the sound of his name made her sigh. He'd been her friend and confidant for a long time because they'd grown up together. He was two years younger and his parents were her honorary Aunt and Uncle.

Now she had no one.

"Ember! Come on, we're going to be late!" Emerson yelled up the stairs.

Giving a sigh, she put the picture of Emerson, her and Ryker back on her dresser. Then she kissed her fingertip before pressing it to his sweet face.

"Wish you were still my friend so you'd be there for me today." She whispered before quickly leaving her room.

"I swear Ember, the older you get, the slower you move!" Emerson growled at her as she came down the stairs.

Rolling her eyes, she growled back. "If I want anything out of you I'll rattle your cage!"

Emerson is her twin brother and had inherited the alpha gene from their mom. When they'd turned sixteen he'd started trying to use it on her.

Why? Because she'd inherited her dad's omega gene.

Emerson figured that meant she was twice as weak! You know, her being a GIRL and all!

But she wasn't! She gave as good as she got, well, at least with him she did. When others messed with her she tended to bow down.

Anyway, this seemed to make him even angrier. Which, honestly, she found funny!

"Don't get smart with me Ember!" Emerson almost yelled then.

"Children, that is enough now. Come eat your breakfast and try to be civil to each other." Dad said from the kitchen.

Ember just sighed and followed her brother. She missed her brother from before they were sixteen, she didn't like this new grumpy version.

Dad says it's because he hasn't found his mate. She supposed that the alpha in him made him more aggressive and a mate was needed to calm him, but it didn't make it any easier to live with whatever the reason!

"Ember, did you invite anyone besides Deanna to your party in two weeks?" Dad asked as he sat a plate in front of her.

Ember looked down. "No dad, nobody to invite."

She was a bit of a loner, finding it hard to make friends because she was the less outgoing twin. Maybe it was because of her omega gene or maybe it was just her personality. Whatever it was, she had two friends... well, one friend now, and that was pretty much it.

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